Her Majesty continues to go from strength to strength.
After clocking her 90th last year, and breaking the record for as the longest-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth decided to get in another milestone achievement nice and early in 2017.
On Feb. 6, the beloved mother-of-four was the first royal to ring in 65 years, also know as the sapphire anniversary, on the throne.
While Her Majesty may have opted to spend the day in private, sans any fanfare, as the day is one that is bittersweet.
February 6th also marked her father's 65th death anniversary.
Buckingham Palace still made an occasion of the momentous day, by re-releasing a beautiful portrait taken by British photographer David Bailey.
The snap was originally captured in 2014, promoting Britain to the world for the GREAT campaign.
At the time, the then 88-year-old was dressed in a pretty sky-blue beaded gown, and adorned in sapphire-jeweled earrings and matching necklace, which was given to her by her father King George VI in 1947 to celebrate her wedding.
Today marks The Queen's #SapphireJubilee It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne. On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title. In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
Speaking of the honour of taking Her Majesty's royal portrait, David mused, "She has very kind eyes with a mischievous glint."
"I’ve always liked strong women, and she is a very strong woman."
Although The Queen won't be marking the milestone in any official capacity, Britain will be celebrating the anniversary by issuing a new five-pound coin.
The coin will read one of the Queen's most beloved quotes that she spoke nearly 70 years ago, at the age of 21.
"My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service," the inscription reads.
Her Majesty’s low-key acknowledgement of the milestone is thought to be a reaction to the celebration falling upon the anniversary of her father’s passing. Of course, a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth became the Queen of England in 1952 after her beloved-father King George VI died from a coronary thrombosis in his sleep at the age of 56.
The Princess was notified of the tragic happening while on a royal tour thousands of miles away in Kenya with her husband, the events of which have been made famous by Netflix drama The Crown.
This post was written by Chloe Lal. For more, check out our sister site Australian Woman's Weekly.